July 14, 2006

Chinese automaker plans to build MG in Oklahoma

Nanjing, China – Nanjing Automobile, the oldest car company in China, has announced that it will build MG cars in Oklahoma. The company bought the collapsed Rover Automobile Company for 50 million pounds in July 2005.

Nanjing was expected to build all MGs at Rover’s factory in Longbridge, Birmingham. The company says it still has plans for the facility to build the MG TF roadster from 2008, but has gradually cut production at the British plant.

Reports say that Nanjing will form a new company in partnership with an American investment consortium, and will construct a factory in Ardmore, Oklahoma beginning next year. It will be the first facility opened by a Chinese carmaker in the U.S. and the first time MG has been sold in North America since 1980. The company also plans to build MG vehicles in China.

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